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University continues to make strong international impact

The international reputation and impact of the University of Kent has again been recognised by The Sunday Times University Guide, published on 13 September.

In its latest profile of the University, the Guide reports that Kent has seen 'a 19% rise in applications this year, with candidates keen to embark on courses designed to equip them with the skills needed for work, as well as to broaden their horizons'. As an example of such an opportunity, the Guide refers to the University's new four year law degree with the third year spent at Southwest University of Politics and Law in Chongqing, China. It also refers to the 400 UK students a year who now take part in foreign exchanges with more than 100 partner institutions in Europe through the Erasmus programme.

The University was previously described by the Guide as one that 'can claim to be Britain's only international university'. This was partly due to its campus in Brussels (where more than 200 postgraduate students from over 50 countries are currently enrolled), as well as its commitment to improving international study partnerships, research collaborations, enterprise and work placement opportunities, and general student and staff mobility with universities around the world.

Since then, the University has launched the University of Kent at Paris and has developed an enviable range of enterprise and academic programmes that has enabled UK students to work or study in many countries throughout the EU, as well as in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Pakistan, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and USA. It has also developed a number of generous scholarships for international students, with 120 countries, including every EU member state, now represented at the University.

The University is also involved in a wide number of European funding programmes, such as the Erasmus, Interreg Framework, Tempus, and Marie Curie programmes, all of which contribute to its reputation as an international centre of excellence for teaching and research.

Professor Alex Hughes, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs at the University of Kent, said: 'We are committed to progressing an international student experience that will equip our students for life in a global context, and welcome The Sunday Times University Guide's acknowledgment of our commitment.'

Richard Cohen, a Computer Science with a Year in Industry student, is one of those who would recommend the opportunity to study and work abroad that the University provides. He said: 'The best thing about my placement was the opportunity to live and work in Hong Kong. The business environment is exciting and fast paced, and the people are extremely welcoming... It also provides you with a chance to stand out to potential employers - and to get paid. You can't really go wrong.'

Tiffani Jeffrey, a Politics and International Relations student who spent a year at the IEP de Paris, agreed. She said: 'The year abroad experience is very challenging but at the same time fulfilling. Each obstacle served to strengthen me as an individual. I learned a lot about myself - I developed academically and even more so personally.'


Story published at 4:00pm 17 September 2009

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